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Il Violino Rossi

April 6, 2011

Cesca & Anna, The Red Violin

The Story.. 

Nicolò Bussotti  is a violin maker who is married to Anna Rudolfi, pregnant with their first child. Anna is worried about her own health, as she believes her age may complicate her pregnancy and birth, but Nicolo is confident, saying that he has the best people available when she is due for delivery. Anna sees her servant Cesca  with questions about her child’s future, Cesca uses a form of tarot cards to determine this.

Astronaut Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17 Mission Commander. Last Man on the Moon, Dec 14 1972

Cesca cannot determine the future of someone not born, but she does offer to read Anna’s future instead. Anna chooses five cards, and Cesca’s first card (The Moon) signifies that Anna would live a long life.

Ronald Ryan, last person legally executed in Australia. Hung 3 Feb 1967

Cesca predicts the second card (The hanged man) means disease and suffering for those around Anna.

"Le genie du mal" or The Genius of Evil by Guillaume Geefs, 1848

Cesca’s third card is Il Diavolo (the devil), and she explains that Anna will meet a handsome and intelligent man, that will seduce her “with his talent and worse”.

"The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential" ` The Nuremberg Code:

Cesca predicts the fourth card (Justice) means tough times ahead, featuring a trial and persecution.

Read it and Weep

The final card (Death) Cesca sees does not predict death, but due to the positioning (the card is seen upside down), she sees it as something else, as a rebirth, where Anna will be pursued by many suitors and that there shall be lots of money involved.

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2 comments

  1. It’s a great movie but the tarot interpretations are pure fiction — they don’t match the cards.


  2. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.



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